Massive LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse

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Got a lot of time on your hands? Build this amazingly detailed LEGO model of the Ghostbusters Firehouse!

With over 4000 pieces, you also get Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore minifigs, along with a pole for them to slide down!

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Using Lego as pixel art

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Geometry Global of Hong Kong recreated painting masterpieces with Lego bricks. Maybe they tinted the bricks after the fact in Photoshop, but the effect is still great - they are instantly recognizable despite being very low-rez. I swear I can see the pitchfork in American Gothic.

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LEGO Cyberman minifig

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Upgrading is compulsory!

I had to have this Cyberman minifig. The stacked up bunch of pieces that resembles a Dalek is also cute.

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Awesome ideas with LEGO

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Following the directions on a large LEGO project can be meditative, while creating your own sculpture or contraption can be exhilarating! LEGO Awesome Ideas helps bring your ideas to life!

LEGO Awesome Ideas is a fantastic visual guide to building thematic LEGO models, and creating your own landscapes. From Wild West trains to AT-AT like walkers, this book starts small and shows you how to build up to your big ideas! This guide uses several different environments to teach you, and your child, to build any world you like.

Most of the models use standard, pretty easy to find pieces or you can substitute. My eight-year-old and I were able to work out most everything with little trouble.

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Awesome new Disney LEGO minifigs will be available starting in May

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If you love and collect minifigs, May will be a big month for you! This via LEGO's twitter feed.

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Better than the movie? LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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The folks who make these trailers are awfully clever. You can pre-order the game via Amazon. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens via Amazon Read the rest

Snowdin: the elf who leaked the naughty list

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Alisha writes, "Ever wonder what happens to the intel Santa Claus collects when deciding if you've been good or bad? Who has access to all your secrets? All that data? Santa has become too powerful, so a young elf decides to risk his life by leaking the Naughty List to the world. We made a holiday stop-motion film trailer parodying Citizenfour, but with an elf at the North Pole." Read the rest

Computationally derived Sisyphus Lego automata has to push his ball forever and ever

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JK Brickworks's Sisyphus automata was inspired by Disney Research's work on the "Computational Design of Mechanical Characters". Read the rest

2015 Star Wars LEGO Advent calendar

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I've never understood the need for an advent calendar, as if children needed help remembering Christmas. As my daughter celebrates the gift giving traditions of several cultures, however, I'm left looking for a happy middle ground.

We will both enjoy 24 days of Star Wars surprises.

This LEGO Star Wars calendar promises to include some minifigs, space craft and some holiday themed droids. I'd love to see C1-10P in an ugly sweater.

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Lego Minimoog Synthesizers kits

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Andy G made these little Minimoog Synthesizers out of Lego bricks, If 10,000 people approve his proposal on Lego Ideas, Lego might create a kit and sell them.

Go retro-analog with these miniaturized versions of the classic Minimoog synthesizer! The Model D (left) and the Voyager Old School (right) are both represented in a small display set that would look great on the shelf of any synth geek, electronics buff, or general music lover.

In 1970, Bob Moog's company revolutionized the synthesizer industry once again by incorporating elements of his monumental Moog Modular in an all-in-one portable package, enabling electronic musicians to easily bring these spectacular sounds onstage. The iconic Model D and its subsequent revisions defined the sound of bass and lead sounds in pop and rock music for decades. In 2002, along with the resurgence of retro synthesis, Moog repackaged the Minimoog into a new model, the Voyager. The Voyager "Old School" is the model depicted here.

The control panels are not intended to be a one-to-one reproduction of the control panels of these instruments, which would be practically impossible at this scale. Instead, I chose to simply suggest the knobs and switches and panel prints with simple elements. The design of the side panels closely resembles that of the original models: metallic on the Model D and wood-grain on the Voyager Old School. Both synths sit on simple Lego recreations of an X-style keyboard stand.

Another detail of note is the accurate representation of the keyboard. Many piano and organ builds do not accurately reflect the pattern of black keys in alternating groupings of 2 and 3, but I found a way to achieve this with a combination of a could hinge elements oriented in different directions.

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Lego refuses to send bricks to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei

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Lego has refused to sell bricks in bulk to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, lest he use them for political expression.

Weiwei, among the country's most famous dissidents, wrote in an Instagram post that he considers the move an act of censorship.

"We're here to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow" (twitter.com/LEGO_Group)

In June 2015 Ai Weiwei Studio began to design artworks which would have required a large quantity of Lego bricks to produce. The works were planned for the exhibition "Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei" at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, to open in December 2015. The artworks' concept relates to freedom of speech.

The museum's curatorial team contacted Lego to place a bulk order and received Lego's reply via email on 12 September 2015: "We regret to inform you that it is against our corporate policy to indicate our approval of any unaffiliated activities outside the LEGO licensing program. However, we realize that artists may have an interest in using LEGO elements, or casts hereof, as an integrated part of their piece of art.

In this connection, the LEGO Group would like to draw your attention to the following:

The LEGO trademark cannot be used commercially in any way to promote, or name, the art work.

The title of the artwork cannot incorporate the LEGO trademark.

We cannot accept that the motive(s) are taken directly from our sales material/copyrighted photo material. The motive(s) cannot contain any political, religious, racist, obscene or defaming statements. It must be clear to the public that the LEGO Group has not sponsored or endorsed the art work/project.

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Help convince LEGO to produce "Lovelace and Babbage" play set / Raspberry Pi case

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This delightful Lovelace & Babbage Analytical Engine is gathering support on LEGO Ideas (formerly CUUSOO) where the community can up-vote fan-made play sets into consideration for production.

Featuring Lada Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, this set pays beautiful, Victorian tribute to their collaboration on the mechanical general-purpose computer of his design, including her pioneering work in creating the algorithm that would be used to program it.

 

What's more, the lovely, monochromatic Analytical Engine model can be used to house a Raspberry Pi Linux computer. Swoon.

Creator Stewart Lamb Cromar also proposes two bonus sets, an "Ada Junior Classroom" and a "Babbage Tea Party".

If you're interested in making this set a reality, please head to LEGO Ideas and support the project. Currently at around 3000 votes, they require 10,000 to be reviewed by LEGO for possible production.

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Listen to the new Portal song by Jonathan Coulton

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While delightful on their own terms, the icing on the cake of the Portal games has always been the songs by Jonathan Coulton that play over their end credits. Read the rest

Priest built LEGO model of Vatican

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Father Bob Simon spent nearly a year of his free time building this intricate LEGO model of the Vatican, now on display at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute adjacent to the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit and "The Art of the Brick" LEGO sculpture exhibit currently on view at the museum. Apparently, Simon built a smaller version of the LEGO Vatican while in junior high school. The current model consists of approximately half a million parts and includes a LEGO pope on the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square. (Associated Press)

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LEGO Mystery Machine

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It is coolest van a bunch of meddling high school kids ever had! The minifigs are awesome too.

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EverBlocks are the giant Lego bricks you always wanted

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EverBlock's concept is simple: interlocking plastic bricks at a macro scale.

It's quick and easy to build nearly anything, by stacking and organizing the universal blocks in nearly any shape, pattern, or size. Anything you've constructed can be taken apart and re-assembled again, and the pieces can be re-used to build other objects, making EverBlock a unique green building method.

Wired's Liz Stinson: "with just three block versions, there are limitations to what you can build with the blocks. Don’t expect a life-size version of Lego’s architecture series just yet"

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WATCH: Jurassic World in 90 seconds in LEGO

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It only takes 90 seconds to tell the story how we wish it had been told. Read the rest

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